Do I want to be a ProBlogger? Is this my job? My passion? My career?
I go backwards and forwards on this.
I hate things like SEO and have no interest in thinking about them.
I don’t clean and wouldn’t know how to pretend I did if a brand offered to pay me to write about cleaning products.
I feel worrying about numbers and comments and community would be counter productive to writing well.
At ProBlogger Event we were asked about our dreams as kids.
I still don’t remember having any.
Having said that, the one activity that has been consistent in my life is writing.
I’ve always written.
I wrote as a child when I was scared of thunderstorms:
I wrote a million* essays when I was at uni completing my anthropology degree.
* not an actual number, but it sure felt like it
I started a masters degree in writing – and then dropped out because it wasn’t challenging me.
I write in my jobs. Constantly! Formal & informal correspondence rules my day job.
Since writing is the only consistent thing in my life, I feel like I should be more respectful to the option of becoming a full time blogger.
As I was walking to work on my first day back after ProBlogger, I had an image and a feeling pop into my head.
I saw my business Nutshell being incredibly successful. I felt successful in myself – I knew I didn’t have to show up to the same office each day to pay the bills. I was where I wanted to be: happy, healthy & the right amount of busy.
I panicked a little. In this image, my business blog was the main part of my business. The blog became the business (much like Nikki from Styling You).
What was this? This isn’t my goal! I want to sell my services to those who need it. That is my goal. Blogging is just a helpful and positive thing I can give to others.
It was scary & thrilling. Of course I have no idea how or if this will happen.
At ProBlogger event one of the panelists (can’t recall who right now!) had an 8 month old blog – wow that’s a short time to be successful enough to speak at such a premiere event. And it’s a good reminder that good things can happen in short periods of time if you put in the effort.
Where do you sit on the spectrum of being a Pro Blogger?